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in new york. in term of what happened tonight, president obama and mitt romney had an intense and spirited and at times very, very confrontational 90-minute debate in front of a crowd of undecided voters. they weren't supposed to talk directly to each other and they did it plenty. it had audible gasp and cheers from the crowd even though they were admonished not to do that as they chad traded baushs on a number of issues. they started with the economy. >> we have not made the progress we need to make to put people to work. that's why i have a five-point plan that gets america 12 million new jobs in four years and a rise in take-home pay. it will help jeremy get a job when he is out of school and help people unemployed right now. >> he has a one-point plan and that is to make sure that folks at the top play by a different set of rules. that's been his philosophy in the private sector, as governor and as a presidential candidate. >> president obama was noticeably looser and more aggressive than at the first debate. at one point saying mitt romney is offering the american people
to vesicare.com for a free trial offer. and president obama and governor romney did engage in quite a few sharp exchanges, including libya and syria and iran and this exchange right off the top on al qaeda. >> we're going to have to recognize that we have to do as the president has done. i congratulate him on taking out osama bin laden and going after the leadership in al qaeda but we can't kill our way out of this mess. >> governor romney, i'm glad thaw recognize that al qaeda is a threat. you said the biggest threat was russia, not al qaeda. you know, the cold war's been over for 20 years. >> attacking me is not an agenda. attacking me is not talking about how we're going to deal with the challenges that exist in the middle east and take advantage of the opportunity there and stem the tide of this violence. >> on three separate occasions tonight, president obama described mr. romney's approach to foreign policy as all over the map. he used that phrase repeatedly. the third time he made that reference president obama went on an extended rift about him. >> on a whole range of issues, whet
massachusetts governor mitt romney, the republican nominee. this debate as the next three, two presidential one vice presidential are sponsored by the commission on presidential debates. tonight's 90 minutes will be about domestic issues and will follow a format designed by the commission. there will be six roughly 15 minute segments. thousands of people offered suggestions on segment subjects but i made the final selections and for the record they were not submitted for approval to the commission or the candidates. the segments will be three on the economy and one each on health care the role of government, and governing. with an emphasis throughout on differences, specifics, and choices. both candidates will also have two-minute closing statements. the audience here in the hall has promised to remain silent. no cheers applause boos hiss among other noisy distracting things, so we may all concentrate on what the candidates have to say. there is a noise exception right now, though as we welcome president obama and governor romney. [ cheers and applause ] >> jim. >> gent
presidential debate of 2012 between president obama and governor romney. my panelists here with me are governor eliot spitzer, host of "viewpoint"; cenk uygur, the host and founder of "the young turks"; governor jennifer grandholm, two-time governor of michigan, and the star of the recent democratic convention >> jennifer: you say that to all of the governors. [ laughter ] >> al gore: no. and host of "the war room," and comedian and political commentator, john fugelsang. we are here covering the debate. you'll see the stage in denver there. you see all of their supporters and friends and the folks who are gathered in the denver area for this debate. milling around waiting for the event to start. here on current, we're going to do something different from what the other networks are doing. we're in a new era now. i'm going to ask cenk uygur to tell you how social media plays into our coverage and the difference it makes in politics in this day and time. >> cenk: absolutely. i'm really looking forward to this debate. you are going to see all of the tweets and g
. >> john: i think if the president goes into it with the approach that mitt romney has no moral core and says things like liar, he will be accused of being unpresidential. as a politician he believes in one thing; that he is meant to be president. and through that prism all of his flip flops make perfect sense. so i think president obama can easily shade that by saying i know governor romney has had a new positions on this issue dot, dot dot -- if he allows himself to whatever he is subtly do to put a wedge between mitt romney and the middle class, i think you'll see a different ow come. >> eliot: i because his performance was so lackluster but he didn't present his affirmative case, so before he can go after mitt romney he needs to make his affirmative case, and explain why he want him to continue as president. and then go after mitt romney. i think it's a little dicey if he goes right after mitt romney. >> jennifer: that's for sure. >> eliot: we near a townhall setting. in the vice presidential debate it was the three in the first debate it was really mitt r
president barack obama and former governor mitt romney of massachusetts. good evening. i'm gwen ifill. >> woodruff: and i'm judy woodruff. tonight, undecided voters, selected by the gallup polling organization, will question the candidates in a town hall format. the deba wilbe moderated by candy crowley of cnn. it is taking place in the david s. mack sports and exhibition complex on the campus of hofstra university in hempstead, new york. it will begin in just a few seconds. >> ifill: mark shields and david brooks will be watching with us here in the studio, along with our colleague jeffrey brown, political editor christina bellantoni, and presidential historian michael beschloss. we'll hear from all of them after the debate, when we'll also be joined by ari shapiro of npr and jonathon martin of politico. they are at hofstra. >> woodruff: we're also staming e debate online and offering additional content on our live blog. and here, now, is tonight's moderator, candy crowley. >> crowley: good evening from hofstra university in hempstead, new york. i'm candy crowley from cnn's state of
they took some time getting out here. in the meantime, the romney people flooded the hall, flooded spin alley back in denver. neil: remember, they got there 15 minutes early. >> reporter: they did. they all got out there fast. i remember asking one of the obama campaign officials, where are your people? where have you been and where is everyone, and this official said, oh, we don't have to get everybody out here, we can stay on message better and all that. well, then we saw what happened in the polls and what happened with governor romney's standing and all this, and so this time around it looks like they're not leaving anything to chance and bringing out a lot more muscle for the postdebate spin. neil: thank you, peter, very much. and next time we go back to peter, i guarantee you that will be wall to wall people. you won't see any of that blue carpeting behind him or myself at this time. we told you how we're going to be gaftering futures market reaction, your own reaction, some folks already tweeting. why isn't neil running or for president? but i would not be able to do this sh
had until the first debate when suddenly a new mitt romney sprung to the stage. it was quite a remarkable performance by mitt romney. stay right here we'll have the real dee bait beginning in a mere 3 seconds stay right here. ♪ >> eliot: welcome back. it is politically direct current tv's coverage of the second presidential debate. i'm joined here by governor jennifer granholm, two-term governor of michigan. i always say the best speaker at the democratic convention. she stirred the audience and our own john fuglesang whose great show will be beginning shortly. so in a minute and less, we'll have the opening bell. jennifer, what do you expect to see the president do to show he's in command he's in charge. >> jennifer: i think he will speak with clarity about the differences between him and mitt romney. i think he will bring it home with optimism and passion. >> john: i think the president needs to show he's more comfortable around humans. this is the forum to do it. >> eliot: tonight will be about differences and contra
about the differences between him and mitt romney. i think he will bring it home with optimism and passion. >> john: i think the president needs to show he's more comfortable around humans. this is the forum to do it. >> eliot: tonight will be about differences and contrast. if there was a word in the last debate, it was convergence. the president seemed to be malleable. >> jennifer: mitt romney was malleable. president can't allow him to do it. >> john: mitt romney has to be better than last time. if he plateaus, it is not a win for him. >> eliot: everybody looks at him and expects a super human performance. whether he can match that, who knows. town hall performance that makes it harder. you have to interact with the question of real people. that dynamic has to be navigated. let's join candy crowley cnn's own moderator. >> good evening from hofstra university in hempstead new york. i'm candy crowley from cnn state of the union. we're here for the second presidential debate, a town hall sponsored by th
business, and who can blame them? ijim is seated, ready to go, and much of the pressure is on mitt romney, you hear, a guy on swing states is down, although gnarlly, the two -- nationally, the two are even. much is made of whether the polls are reliable, but it is a fair, fair argument to sigh -- say for each, tonight is crucial. i bring you the first presidential debate from the university of denver. >> good evening from the arena at the university of denver in denver, colorado. i welcome you to the first of the 2012 presidential debates between president barack obama, the democrat nominee, and former massachusetts governor, mitt romney, the republican nominee. this debate and the next three, two presidential, one vice presidential, are sponsored by the commission on presidential debates. tonight's 90 minutes will be about domestic issues, and it will follow a format designed by the commission. there will be six, roughly 15 minute segments with two minute answers segment. thousands of people offered suggestions on segment subjects or questions via the internet and other means, but i made
the democratic incumbent-- 51-year-old barack obama-- and his republican challenger 65-year-old mitt romney. it comes 34 days before the election-- though early voting is already under way in many states. the focus tonight is domestic issues, including the economy, still struggling to recover from the great recession. polls show the race is very close nationally, but in swing states that will tip the balance, the president is ahead. so he'll be trying to protect his lead and for mitt romney, it's an opportunity for a breakout moment. in front of what could be the biggest audience he will have before election day. the sole questioner tonight is jim lehrer. it's the 12th time he's served as moderator. >> lehrer: good evening. from the magnus arena at the university of denver in denver, colorado. i'm jim lehrer of the pbs newshour and i welcome you to the first of the 2012 presidential debates between president barack obama the democratic nominee and former massachusetts governor romney, the republican nominee. this debate and the next three-- two presidential, one vice presidential-- are spon
tonight? >> what i'm watching for is how mitt romney takes advantage of this huge opportunity that he's got with tens of millions of americans watching these two side by side. he's behind in the polls, but not by an overwhelming margin. three points in our nbc/wall street journal poll. i talked to devine who was the campaign strategist for al gore. when gore lost the election, in the debates he said here's what's mitt romney's got to do. he's got to figure a line of attack that at the same time makes president obama looks bad, makes him look good, and press that through the entire 90 minutes. it's an economy debate. that is supposed to be mitt romney's wheel house. we'll see if he can pull that off in the right tone against a popular president. it's hard. there's always risk when you attack the president. mitt romney doesn't have much choice but to try to do it. we'll see where the help of jim lehrer, the moderator, exactly how he uses this moment. >> talk to you in a moment. whenever there's a big night involving politics, you can bet larry kudlow is involved. he's here on set with u
" coverage of the first presidential debate between president barack obama and former governor mitt romney. i'm again ifil. >> woodruff: and i'm judy woodruff. tonight's debate will be moderated by our own jim leerer and will start a little over a minute from now, from the magness arena. >> after the debate we'll talked to arrow shapiro and scott horsily in denver, and christina bellantony. >> woodruff: you can follow along online on our live stream and live plog. two very quick thoughts from mark and david. mark, it come downs to this. >> in a rare race it's become increasingly a referendum on the challenger rather than the incumbent. can the challenger mitt romney make this a referendum on the president. >> who has the toughest job? >> romney. maybe jim lehrer. format i love. much more demanding on jim but better for us. >> ifill: we're looking forward to what jim has to say tonight. it's a big night and we'll go to the convention hall and hoar from our own jim lehrer. >> lehrer: good evening, from the ma nag mess arena in colora. i welcome you to the first of the 2012 presidential debates
of winning than romney does. but we'll see how they both play. so here is the last presidential debate. >> good evening from the campus of lynn university here in boca raton, florida. this is the fourth and last debate of the 2012 campaign brought to you by the commission of presidential debates. one is on foreign policy. i'm bob schieffer of cbs news. the questions are mine and i have not shared them with the candidates or their aids. the audience has taken a vow of silence. no reaction of any kind except right now, when we welcome president barack obama and governor romney. [ cheers and applause ] >> gentlemen your campaigns have agreed to certain rules, and they are simple. they have asked me to divide the evening into segments. i'll poesz a question at the beginning of each segment. you will each have two minutes to respond, and then we will have a general discussion until we move to the next segment. tonight's debate as both of you know comes on the 50th anniversary of the night that president kennedy told the world that the soviet union had installs nuclear mis
. >> the reason that governor romney is keeping all these plans secret because they're too good? >> mr. president you're entitled to your own airplane and your own house but not to your own facts. >> campaign 2012, a presidential debate. from hempstead, new york, here is scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. this is the second of three debates between the democratic incumbent, barack obama, and the republican challenger mitt romney. former president george h.w. bush once described these faceoffs as "tension city." and the pressure will be on tonight because the race is close and the election just three weeks away. the obama campaign says the president will be more energetic than in the first debate. that debate changed the dynamic of the race. the format tonight has its roots in a democratic institution that dates back to colonial america: the new england town meeting. the candidates will be surrounded by 82 uncommitted new york voters chosen at random. some of whom will be asking their own questions. this is the last debate to include the economy. next week it's all foreign policy. the moderato
three debates. the presidneent himself said he had a bad night. romney's showing has put him ahead in state and national polls. the president described the race as 'tied' for the first time. this race is clearly neck and neck. unlike the first debate, where the moderator asked questions, this is a town hall debate. some of the people here will grill the candidates on foreign policy. the candidates may move around a bit. organizers say governor romney won the coin toss and chose to go first. the moderator is candie crowley, of cnn, the first woman in 20 years to moderate a debate. she's warned us to be quiet. now, candie crowley. >> good evening from hofstra university. i am candie crowley from cnn's state of the union. the gallup orgn anization chose 85 unaffiliated voters. the questions are knwoown to me and my team only. i hope to get to as many questions as possible. and because i am optimistic, i hope the candidates will keep their answers on point. they have two minutes and a two- minute follow-up. no cheering or booing or outbursts. we set that aside just this once to welcome
do itd for governor romney whetherel capitalize on what was a good run the first time around. >> megyn: a word about the audience here, the town hall participants. there are some 80 there. they all submitted their questions. candy crowley selected the ones that will be used tonight. right now 80 nervous souls out there, 82 if you count the candidates, because they don't know which ones with have been chosen. they'll learn as we learn who will stand up and question the next president of the united states. candy crowley from cnn. >> good evening from hofstra university in hempstead, new york. i'm candy cnn "state of the union." we're here for the second presidential debate, a town hall sponsored by the commission on presidential debates. the gallup organization chose 82 uncommitted voters from the new york area. their questions will drive the night. my goal is to give the conversation direction and to ensure questions get answered. the questions are known to me and my team only. neither the commission, nor the candidates have seen them. i hope to get to as many questions as pos
and the unilateralism of mitt romney with an effective rhetorical point that doesn't translate well. >> al gore: on the other hand where experience in foreign policy can make a difference, avoiding mistakes that could be embarrassing and coming back in the post debate analyses as a big problem. the most famous example was ironically made by an incumbent president, gerald ford, when he declared that poland was completely free at a time before it was. and then governor carter called him on that, and then after the debate i think it really did hurt president ford quite a bit. >> cenk: i want to ask you guys a question about whether these foreign policy debates are binary. i remember the one with george bush and the vice president i decided after that debate i was not going to vote for george bush under any circumstance. to me it was an elimination. he didn't seem to know what he was talking about. is that the test? you have to just pass the command center chief test, and has president obama already passed it, and hence this debate is really about whether romney can pass it or not, is it as simple
mitt romney. the stage is ready in denver, colorado. the university of denver. and all of the expectations management to the contrary, the two men you're going to see tonight are very good debaters. they have four ivy league degrees between them, after all, and 50 debates between them, though not against each other until tonight. there is a critical third man on that stage tonight in denver. that's the moderator, jim lehrer of pbs. he's done a dozen of these. and the rules, which he will announce at the start, give him broad leeway to guide the conversation and the debate. it is a cold room in denver. the campaigns wanted the temperature low. and it's not likely to stay that way once we get under way. both men have been prepping for days. this happens to be the obamas' 20th wedding anniversary. moments ago we saw a warm embrace between mrs. romney and mrs. obama. they both met each other at the front of the hall. their hiss, this is the first of three meetings debate style between these candidates. even though voting is under way in 34 states. we'll throw it to the mode
at the libya response from governor romney, other responses by president obama, they need short, concise, be powerful. this is, in fact, the last venue to do something like this just two weeks before the election. neil: finally, the pressure, i think, disproportionally on the president because it's his strength. if there's a rubber mat, he's the guy with the advantage because he's dominating these headlines and events, or did i jump the gun a little bit? >> well, when you look add what happened at the first debate, voters realized he was not the mitt romney the democrats were portraying creating this sense or movement or the swing in the polls that although president obama had a much better debate in the second debate than the first one, that didn't move polls back. there's a sense of romney momentum, and that's something the president has to stop, especially in the last couple weeks. neil: we'll watch closely. after all the handlers are there, sometimes getting there 15-20 # minutes before the debate is done. this is it, final exchange of the candidates of 2012. wrapping up then three p
get ready to walk into a big arena. there's the stage. president barack obama, governor mitt romney are standing by in the wings right now and jofgeor it is hard to imagine the pressure on them. as many of 60 million of us could be watching tonight. >> first of three debates. and the first debates almost always help the challenger. mitt romney needs it. it's a tight race, he's behind. >> and tonight, to cover it all, our team, inside the debate hall. and keeping watch in our fact check desk, and also, with us right here in the studio, the insiders from both parties, ready to weigh in on who woman and the big moments we'll remember tomorrow. >> the moderator tonight, jim lehrer from pbs. he's moderated 12 debates, more than anybody else. here he is right now. >> good evening, from the magnus arena at the university of denver in denver, colorado. i'm jim lehrer of the pbs news hour and i welcome you to the first of the 2012 presidential debates, between president barack obama, the democratic nominee, and former massachusetts governor mitt romney, the republican nominee. this debate, a
's second debate between president obama and governor mitt romney, debated by candy crowley. romney accused the president of waiting too long to call the september 11th attack on the united states consulate in benghazi libya an act of terror. the president said romney simply had his facts wrong. watch this. >> the day after the attack, governor, i stood in the rose garden, and i told the american people and the world that we are going to find out exactly what happened, that this was an act of terror, and i also said that we're going to hunt down those who committed this crime. and then a few days later i was there reading the caskets coming into andrews air force base. and grieving with the families. and the suggestion that anybody in my team, the secretary of state, our u.n. ambassador, anybody on my team would play politics or mislead when we lost four of our own, governor, is offensive. that's not what we do. that's not what i do as president. that's not what i do as commander in chief. >> governor, if you want to reply, quickly. >> i certainly do. i think it is interesting the president
. >> it happened two weeks ago, mitt romney came in behind with his back to the wall, 70 million americans watching. he rocked it with a big win. tonight the pressure on the president. another loss could cripple his campaign. he knows he has to convince voters he will fight for the job and has concrete plans for a second term. >> mitt romney connecting with voters and tonight the twist, it is a town hall format. >> the questions come from uncommitted voters. the moderator right there, candy crowley of cnn and covered politics since the days of ronald reagan. >> good evening from hofstra university in new york. i'm candy crowley from cnn's state of the union. we are here for the second presidential debate, a town hall sponsored by the commission of debates. the gallup organization selected 82 voters. their questions will drive the night, my goal to give the conversation direction and ensure questions get answered. the questions are known to my team only. neither the commission or candidates have seen them. i hope to get to as many questions as possible and because i'm optimistic i'm sure the candida
barack obama, and he is in this position because of what happened the last time he met governor romney on a debate stage. it was readily apparent and the president later aadmitted he was outenergized that first time around and it moved the poll numbers. tonight has the potential to change this race yet again. in a moment we go inside the venue for the introduction of these two men, president obama, governor romney, their second of three debates. this one, of course, off the vice presidential debate. tonight the format here becomes critical. while candy crowley of cnn will moderate the discussion, this is a town hall format tonight. the questions coming from undecided voters as chosen by the gallup polling organization. there are 80 undecided voters in the hall. organizers hope to get 13 questions in along with follow-ups in the 90 minutes before us. candy crowley has indicated she plans a more activist role. that made the organizers nervous. let's see what she has to say. >> good evening from hofstra university in new york. i'm candy crowley from cnn's state of the union. we are here f
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